Gov. Ehrlich's Election Year Budget
After successive years of spending cuts, and threatening further cuts unless the General Assembly supports the introduction of slot machines into Maryland, Republican Gov. Bob Ehrlich now comes bearing gifts, proposing the largest state spending increases in a generation (and without having slots as a revenue source). The apparent big winners in the 2007 budget: Corrections officers and higher education. But wait: It's an election year and a good time to appear as the friend of state employees and education. So we ask Stephen Elmore, director the Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute, to sum up the overall impact of Ehrlich budgets to date, not just in this year of a budget surplus. (Host: Mark Cohen)
The Innocents: DNA Freed Them
We visit Provisions Library north of Dupont Circle in DC to see Taryn Simon's traveling photography and video show, "The Innocents." The exhibition features head shots and stories of 35 people wrongly convicted of homicide, rape and other crimes who were ultimately released from prison based on DNA evidence and the dedication of The Innocents Project legal team at Yeshiva University. A description of the exhibit is narrated by Sita Reddy of Provisions Library. (Producer: Mark Cohen)
WWJD? A Sojourners View
How did Jesus become "pro-rich, pro-war, and only pro-American?", asks Adam Taylor, director of campaigns and organizing for Sojourners, a 34-year old Christian group in Washington, DC. Taylor argues that progressives -- out of discomfort with the language of religion -- have largely ceded to the Right the terrain of values. Sojourners aims to reclaim this ground and forge a coalition of Left and Right to address the issue of poverty in America, a condition so graphically raised by Hurricane Katrina. (Host: Rev. Heather Kirk-Davidoff)
Going Native: The Conscience Gardener
Exotic plant species are often decorative, even beautiful, but they also can do great harm to both indigenous plants and animal habitats. That's what's happening in our region as invasive species migrate from our gardens into parklands and beyond, says Lauren Wheeler of Natural Resources Design, Inc., a landscape firm that designs ecologically focused gardens. (Host: Mike Tidwell)
"Life Is Too Short to Fold Underwear"
So strums singer-songwriter Zoe Mulford on her banjo. Mulford also sings a song from her latest CD, "Our Lady of the Highway." (Host: David Eisner)
Also This Month...
Poets Derrick Weston Brown ("Angels With Angles") and Sunil Freeman ("Loon: Algonquin Park, 1960") and Reuben Jackson reviews Baltimore native John Slaughter's Brother in the Bush: An African American's Search for Self in East Africa